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Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 12:28:00

Judge refuses to dismiss same-sex marriage claims

Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen today refused to dismiss a lawsuit by plaintiffs claiming their constitutional rights had been violated by state agencies that refused to treat same-sex couple as married couples.

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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 11:01:00

Lawsuit planned against LR police over teen's shooting death

Attorneys said today they expect to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against former Little Rock officer Josh Hastings, the former police chief, Stuart Thomas, and the city of Little Rock over the Aug. 12, 2012 shooting death of Bobby Moore.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 14:14:00

Circuit Judge Shawn Womack announces for Supreme Court

Circuit Judge Shawn Womack of Mountain Home announced today that he'll run next year for Arkansas Supreme Court, the seat expected to be vacated by retirement of Paul Danielson.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 10:42:00

Lawsuit against Dennis Milligan settled for $30,000

A federal lawsuit against Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan by an employee he fired when he was Saline County circuit clerk was settled this week for $30,000, including attorney fees.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 15:25:00

Arkansas Supreme Court Communications Counsel Stephanie Harris fired

The latest blood on the floor in the ongoing civil war at the Arkansas Supreme Court: Supreme Court communications counsel Stephanie Harris, who was asked to clear out her office this morning. Harris had handled press relations for the court for the past five years.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 10:32:00

Not guilty of capital murder, Howard likely to be freed in a matter of months

After 17 years in isolation, more than 14 of them on death row, Tim Howard will likely be freed within 90 days.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 09:04:00

Howard defense challenges conduct of investigation

Phillip Bush, who admitted selling methamphetamine at the time Brian and Shanon Day were killed, said the last time he saw Brian alive was the night before the couple were murdered.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 11:17:00

Arkansas Supreme Court rules predictably in case created to delay same-sex marriage ruling

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled today that the Court's current seven members should decide a case challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:14:00

Witness against Howard leaves court in a huff

On Wednesday, Tim Howard’s defense attorneys undercut the credibility of the woman who, for a while, looked like the state’s star witness.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 09:28:00

Tim Howard’s wife testifies about night of murders

The strongest prosecuting evidence so far in the retrial of Tim Howard came on Tuesday when his wife, Vickie Howard, took the stand.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 09:09:00

Insinuation marks Howard trial so far

By the end of Monday, the sixth day of Tim Howard’s retrial, prosecutors had presented abundant and undisputed testimony that Howard was a close friend of the victims, used methamphetamine and sold stolen goods. Prosecutors said from the start that their murder case would be circumstantial. But key pieces of it have yet to be connected.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 09:22:00

Howard prosecutor withheld evidence in Texas trial

While claims of withheld evidence have dominated Tim Howard’s retrial, the Times has learned that similar claims from an earlier case in Texas helped shape the career of Alwin A. Smith, one of two prosecuting attorneys in the current trial.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 17:44:00

Jury set for Tim Howard murder retrial

A jury of six men and six women was seated today for the trial of Tim Howard which is to begin Monday. In a subsequent pretrial hearing, for which the jury was not present, Circuit Judge Charles Yeargan denied the motion filed last week by Howard's attorney that had sought dismissal of the charges against Howard due to alleged prosecutor misconduct.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 16:24:00

More legal headaches for Dexter Suggs

Dexter Suggs may have cleared out his office before the workday began today, but he still has lingering legal matters as defendant in lawsuits against him and the state.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 15:01:00

Judicial Discipline begins review of Supreme Court ethics complaint

Tippi McCullough, who's filed a judicial ethics complaint over the Arkansas Supreme Court's handling of the same-sex marriage case, says regulators have confirmed the receipt of the complaint and begun a review.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 11:59:00

Supreme Court accepts surrender of Mike Maggio's law license

The Arkansas Supreme Court today formally accepted the surrender of Mike Maggio's law license. He's the former judge implicated in a bribery case.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 10:07:00

And you thought the Pulaski desegregation lawsuit was over

Federal Judge Price Marshall is to hold a hearing at 10 a.m. Friday, requested by civil rights lawyer John Walker, about progress in bringing the Pulaski County Special School District to "unitary," or fully desegregated, status.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 06:42:00

Gov. Hutchinson remains mum on Betty Dickey appointment

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed a political supporter of the primary party in a pending Supreme Court case to decide the case. He won't comment on the appearance of conflict of interest.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 15:01:00

Remember when 'Judge' Shawn Womack said he'd be happy to prove his heterosexuality?

A reader digs up a memorable legislative exchange that illustrates the unsuitability of Shawn Womack for sitting on a case related to same-sex marriage. Another appointee has an even more obvious conflict.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 10:13:00

Hutchinson names three special justices to hear offshoot of marriage case

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed three special justices to fill openings on the Arkansas Supreme Court in a case to decide which justices should rule on the lawsuit challenging the ban on same-sex marriage. They include two former Republican politicians.

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